What a great idea! A Young Artists’ Program!
Are you a young creative looking to be inspired?
It’s time to graduate to an in-depth, regular and focused series of Saturday morning workshops for young people aged 13-17 years.
Be inspired by the national collection as part of a supported group with an expert facilitator. Learn about materials, techniques and conceptual opportunities for your creative making practise and portfolio development.
Offered for the first time in 2018.
Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like cheap crap presents manufactured by first-world companies owned by billionaires, operating in third-world countries employing sweat-shop labour who toil long hours in unsafe working conditions for slave wages. Is this the true meaning of Christmas?
Everyone as at risk during extremely hard weather but some people have a higher risk than others of becoming ill. It is very important that those of high risk take extra care of themselves during hot weather.
Here is some simple advice to help you survive and thrive in Summer:
- Keep hydrated: Drink regularly. Have plenty of cold water and ice in the fridge. Carry a bottle of cold water with you when you’re away from home.
- Eat sensibly: Eat cold light foods such as salads and fruit, rather than hot or heavy options. Avoid salty foods. Try to eat normally even if you don’t feel like eating as your body needs energy to cope with the heat.
- Behave accordingly: Follow your doctor’s advice if you have any medical conditions. Keep physical activities to a minimum. Avoid strenuous activities like gardening, home improvements, or sport. Rest if you feel tired to conserve your energy.
- Stay cool inside: Stay inside and out of the heat as much as possible. Draw blinds and curtains to keep the heat out of the house during the day. Open the house up when the sun goes down. Use a fan or air conditioner set to cool. Splash cold water on your face and the back of your neck. Take a cool shower or bath or use a wet flannel or towel to wipe yourself down. Freeze a damp cloth to use as a cold compress at night to keep your neck cool.
- Stay protected outside: If you must go outside, go in the early morning or the evening when it is cooler. Whether the sun is shining or not, use effective sunscreen, wear a wide-brimmed hat or use an umbrella, wear light-weight light-coloured loose-fitting long-sleeved cotton clothing, and wear effective sun glasses. Visit air-conditioned libraries, galleries, theatres, shopping malls, or cultural centres.
- Check on others: Monitor babies, children, elderly neighbours, and pets for any symptoms of heat-stress as they tend to be more vulnerable to the heat.
Our Community is running it’s annual Communities in Control conference in May 2017 in Moonee Ponds, Victoria.This year, the theme is “What Makes Healthy Communities? People Have the Power!” and brings together a stellar lineup of community sector thinkers, leaders and visionaries. A particular highlight of the conference this year will be Andrew Denton’s delivery of the 2017 Joan Kirner Social Justice Oration in conversation with ABC News 24’s Breakfast co-host Virginia Trioli.
I started going in 2014 – it was awesome – so book here!
15 very interesting lessons learned identified by NonProfit With Balls in 2015.
- An organization not built on strong values will crumble like dried hummus.
- An elephant in the room is most destructive when it is ignored.
- Diversity means differences, including of perspectives.
- There is more than one way to do activism.
- Anyone of any age can be totally awesome or totally crappy.
- The perception of who is leading matters as much as who is leading.
- Bigotry is like getting something stuck in your teeth.
- Not taking risks is one of the biggest risks of all.
- If there’s writing on the wall, don’t whitewash it.
- We cannot compare a nonprofit platypus to a for-profit porcupine.
- When we use silver bullets, we often shoot ourselves in the foot.
- Donors are looking for authentic partnerships.
- The squeaky wheel gets the worm, and it is inequitable.
- If no one is listening, it’s probably because you’re not either.
- A unicorn in the hand is worth two working in real estate.
Do yourself a favour, have a laugh and learn!
Many organisations assume that the best way to increase their impact is to scale up – get bigger, service more areas, reach more people. But what if the answer lies in thinking differently, not thinking bigger? What role will your not-for-profit organisation play in the overall solution to the problem you set out to tackle?
In the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Endgame Theory authors Alice Gugelev and Andrew Stern proposed six possible endgames:
- Sustained service: You keep on doing what you’ve always done. This is the default endgame for many not-for-profits – yet it’s not always the right one
- Open source: You invest in research and development, then share what works by serving as a knowledge hub for other organisations
- Replication: You demonstrate what works, then persuade other not-for-profits to deliver it
- Government adoption: You demonstrate what works, then persuade the government to deliver it
- Commercial adoption: You demonstrate what works, then persuade private companies to deliver it
- Mission achievement: You achieve your mission, and the job is done, everywhere, for all time. This only works if your mission is well defined and plausibly achievable – for example, “to eradicate malaria”.
So, if you’re a not-for-profit organisation, what’s your endgame?
The Institute of Company Directors Australia is putting on two November seminars only in Melbourne and Sydney featuring the article’s co-author, U.S.-based social entrepreneur and impact acceleration expert Alice Gugelev. More information can be obtained here.
Australian volunteers are essential to society and many charities would struggle to survive without them – but the benefits don’t only flow one-way. Here are a few interesting points about volunteers from the Council of the Ageing (COTA):
- Of the 600,000 Not-For-Profit organisations in Australia, only 60,000 have paid staff
- Volunteers annually contribute $200 Billion to the Australian economy
- The numbers of volunteers in Australia has doubled from 3.2 Million in 1995 to 6.1 Million in 2010
- The rate of volunteering by young people in Australia has increased from 16% in 1995 to 27% in 2010
- Volunteers are happier, healthier, live longer and sleep better than those who don’t volunteer.
So…what are you waiting for?
Dr David Hillman, the Chair of the Sleep Health Foundation, Australia’s leading national advocate for sleep health, has released his top tips for keeping drivers safe on the roads.
- Make sure you’ve had at least seven hours sleep the night before a long drive
- If you have to drive for long periods of time, try to take a short power nap after lunch
- Share the driving with someone else and help keep each other awake
- Have a break every two hours, get out of the car and walk around for a few minutes
- Don’t drive between 1am and 6am
- Don’t drive if you’ve been awake for more than 17 hours
- Pull over if you regularly notice difficulty keeping your eyes open, or find yourself relying on loud music, energy drinks or fresh air to stay awake.
Sleep Health Foundation, March 2015
The ACT-ABC-Hub has helped plant 231.0 native trees in Australian forests by supporting Greenfleet, one of Australia’s most trusted environmental charities.
As we join the global community to celebrate the International Day of Forests on March 21, we are proud of our commitment to reduce our impact on climate change by offsetting our emissions with Greenfleet’s native forests.
Forests and trees sustain and protect us in invaluable ways. They provide the clean air that we breathe, and the water that we drink. They host and safeguard the planet’s biodiversity and act as our natural defence against climate change.
Join the Hub and thousands of other individuals and organisations who take real climate action with Greenfleet and celebrate the International Day of Forests by donating to our environmental partner, Greenfleet.